Fake watches face crackdown in capital

First published: 28-07-2009

Brent and Harrow council trading standards officers have swooped in on the illegal trade of fake designer watches in London as part of a crackdown against imitation goods, it has been reported.

Low-quality goods carrying the logos of Gucci, Versace, Dolce and Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Burberry were among the pieces seized in the operation in the capital, with many being sold at local stalls in Harrow town centre market, the Evening Standard revealed.

It is understood that the items - which had a real-life street value of around £10,000 - would have been brought in by the perpetrators for the princely sum of £500.

Commenting on the watches, a spokesman for the councils involved said: "The quality of these copies ranged from bad to just about okay.
"A lot of this stuff is currently coming from Thailand and container lorries are coming into London every week with it."

The discovery was reported soon after sage advice was offered from founder of Trading4u.com Bradley McLoughlin, who told the Daily Mail this month that chronograph watches are particularly easy to detect as fake, as their seconds hand will tick and not sweep around.

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